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Weekend Picks: New Orleans Pride Weekend, Creole Tomato Fest, and More

Pride Parade
The New Orleans Pride Parade on Bourbon Street. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

As far as summertime bucket lists go, New Orleans is a great place to have one. We’ve already made plans to visit our favorite snowball stands, take a dip in one of these pools, and attend every summertime festival from now until Labor Day. This weekend, we’re adding Creole Tomato Festival, the Bayou Road Block Party, and Pride to our bucket list. Join us in some summertime fun.

The Pride Parade rolls on Saturday night through the French Quarter.  (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

ALL WEEKEND

New Orleans Pride – Pride weekend is here, and we have a lot to celebrate. Throughout the weekend, attend parties, a Babycakes baseball game, Saturday night’s Pride parade through the French Quarter, and more. Longue Vue House and Gardens plans to celebrate Pride with their 4th annual Family Equality Day on Sunday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free event will feature a Drag Queen story time, kid-friendly activities, and live music. For more information on Pride weekend events, see here.

FRIDAY

June Under the Moon – In a nod back to childhood, June Under the Moon is an adults-only party in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park in City Park. Enjoy unlimited rides, hot dogs, jambalaya, open beer bars, and bottle concierge service. New this year, 101 dogs will be admitted to the event, with special activities for pups and their owners. June Under the Moon is Friday, June 8 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and $10 per dog.

The Bayou Road block party is a day of live music, family-friendly activities and community engagement. (Photo: Lauren Saizan)

SATURDAY

Bayou Road Block Party – Presented by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in partnership with the Southern Repertory Theatre, the Bayou Road Block Party is a day of live music, family-friendly activities, and community engagement. Head out to Bayou Road to explore the shops, dine at the restaurants, and explore the neighborhood. Programming for the day will fall between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., and the event is free.

Creole Tomato Festival takes place June 7-8, 2019. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Creole Tomato Festival – This summertime festival happens right in the heart of the French Quarter. Visit the French Market on Saturday and Sunday and you’ll find stands stocked with fresh Creole tomatoes just waiting to be enjoyed. The festival also features a Bloody Mary Market, lots of food and music, cooking demonstrations, and the Creole Tomato Eating Contest. The festival is free and takes place on both days from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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